Write the Tweet You Need in Academia

by Marina Anastasiou and Francisco Carrillo-Salinas

With Twitter’s popularity increasing, particularly within the scientific communities, early-stage researchers may be missing out on harnessing the power of this platform. And others may be missing out on what you have to say. Write the Tweet you need in academia!

At a loss? Start here

We put together a set of resources to help anyone interested in becoming more active on Twitter.

Join those academic circles, and receive potentially carrier-boosting opportunities from Twitter-hosted networking.

What’s the hype all about?

A personal favorite reason for using an Academic Twitter is the super-informative threads senior researchers share to provide feedback and wisdom from experience.

Tools such as @storify, mentioned here can help save and archive interesting conversations by really smart people that engage with the community and want to “pay-if-forward”.

learn from the experts

From difficult experiences and inequality to imposter syndrome and the nuances of the lifelong mentor-mentee relationship, one can gain real insights directly from their scientific role models. How cool is that!

But before all that, you can take advantage of all those resources you need to start with a step-by-step guide, a protocol.

The article, “Ten simple rules for getting started on Twitter as a scientist”, recently published Plos Computational Biology, covers all the basics and is, therefore, an excellent resource to get your feet wet in the Twitter ocean.

start sharing

Now you have your account set up and you are ready to share scientific accomplishments (yes! share that paper you just co-authored!) or perspectives based on your experience. But share with whom?

Start by finding your community

No matter the career stage you are in, there is a place for you in the Twitter-sphere. Too scared to talk about actionable steps on promoting mental health during your graduate years? Follow @phd_balance and get creative suggestions on how to cope. 

promote your science

article citations positively correlate with tweets about the article

 Using social media to promote academic research: Identifying the benefits of twitter for sharing academic work 

If you are not convinced yet about the benefits of sharing your work on social media, the article “Using social media to promote academic research: Identifying the benefits of Twitter for sharing academic work”, published in Plos One, shows evidence that article citations positively correlate with tweets about the article. So, don’t wait to see what others can do for you, take a step forward, and promote your science for your benefit!

But, even if you are not ready to share the content yourself or read about scientists as individuals, there is still so much benefit in using Twitter. Just to keep up with the science news and conferences alone is reason enough to join. This is especially critical about arXiv articles as this article mentions here.

Curate your content

Still unsure if becoming involved in the Twitter-based academic communities is for you? Consider spending a day curating the content that reaches your screen. In a world where nearly every aspect of our lives is influenced by search engine optimizations, a curated academic Twitter can be a lifeboat in a sea of constant waves of misinformation and fake news. Additionally, consider using @TweetDeck to cancel out the “white noise” as suggested by this article here and make the most out of your precious decompressing time.

network: your future self will thank you

Are you already semi-involved in Linkedn and you cannot possibly think how more time spent on social media is not a waste of time? It is not.

It is an investment in your future. Currently, most companies use LinkedIn and social media as the first filter for applications in their search for candidates. To summarize, the more interactive you are, the more chances you have for getting the job of your dreams!

Subthreads on academia and industry

Think back on all those you complained about not being exposed to leaders in your field. 

Try to remember how nervous you were before your first postgraduate job interview because you did not know what to expect. Reminisce on how isolated you felt analyzing negative data in year 3 of your PhD while thinking that you cannot possibly be worth the opportunities and trust your advisor gives you.

Guess what! There are AWESOME Twitter subthreats on all those topics!

Get that help! It is free and available to you. People want to help if you let them. ASIP has organized a seminar on that exact topic! Click here to register.

What are you waiting for?